Cuba – Day 6 – Por un Socialismo Próspero y Sostenible

Tuesday, January 10, was another driving day. Still, we looked for birds en route. Our first stop was at a nearby wetland. Driving a good distance east we had a restroom and fuel stop at Cienfuegos, stopping again at Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos in a failed search for Gundlach’s Hawk. We then continued up the coast to near Trinidad where we stopped quickly for Cuban Gnatcatcher, then spent several hours driving back-and-forth in the farmlands east of Caracusey specifically for Palm Crow, but also stumbling into the Gundlach’s Hawk we missed earlier. Satisfied, we drove straight through across the country arriving late at hour hotel on Cayo Paredón.

The table below summarizes the 27 bird species observed on our sixth day in Cuba based on output from eBird. The 4 Cuban endemics observed that day are highlighted in green.

Common NameScientific NameCountLocation
White-crowned PigeonPatagioenas leucocephala2Auto selected 22.15320, -80.82571
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto1Auto selected 22.25515, -80.72435
Mourning DoveZenaida macroura1Auto selected 22.15320, -80.82571
Great Lizard-CuckooCoccyzus merlini1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
White-collared SwiftStreptoprocne zonaris3Auto selected 21.87180, -80.23300
Antillean Palm SwiftTachornis phoenicobia30Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Cuban EmeraldRiccordia ricordii1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
SoraPorzana carolina1Auto selected 22.15320, -80.82571
Great Blue HeronArdea herodias1Auto selected 22.15320, -80.82571
Great EgretArdea alba2Auto selected 22.15320, -80.82571
Turkey VultureCathartes aura3Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Gundlach’s HawkAccipiter gundlachi1Auto selected 21.80060, -79.73133
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerSphyrapicus varius1Auto selected 22.15320, -80.82571
West Indian WoodpeckerMelanerpes superciliaris1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Crested CaracaraCaracara plancus1Auto selected 22.15320, -80.82571
La Sagra’s FlycatcherMyiarchus sagrae1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Loggerhead KingbirdTyrannus caudifasciatus1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Palm CrowCorvus palmarum4Auto selected 21.82021, -79.75679
Cuban GnatcatcherPolioptila lembeyei3Auto selected 21.81701, -80.10265
Blue-gray GnatcatcherPolioptila caerulea1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottos1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Red-legged ThrushTurdus plumbeus1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Red-shouldered BlackbirdAgelaius assimilis4Auto selected 22.15320, -80.82571
American RedstartSetophaga ruticilla1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Northern ParulaSetophaga americana1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata1Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos
Red-legged HoneycreeperCyanerpes cyaneus6Jardín Botánico de Cienfuegos

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